Name: Craig Jemmott
Age: 45 Hometown: Queens New York
Teen Challenge Center: Arizona Tucson Men’s Induction Center. 2013 Graduate from Teen Challenge of Arizona
My Testimony: At the age of 29, my life took a huge turn that lasted 12 years before I found Teen Challenge. My addiction to crack cocaine took me to places that I never ever dreamed of going. It was at Teen Challenge where God met me, right where I was at, and through His grace I will be forever changed.
The Purpose and Calling God has Given Me: My purpose is to love the unlovable and to reach the unreachable with the gospel of good news in our Lord, Jesus Christ. The calling is to be a shepherd to a flock.
The ELP’s Impact on My Leadership: Level 1 of ELP has shown me the importance of being an Armor Bearer, Team Player, and making healthy boundaries in my personal life and work environment which resulted in teaching me the value of being a “Servant Leader.” While serving as the Intake Coordinator, I learned how to organize my work day as the result of taking the ELP Administrative Career Track. This helped me to become the organized leader that I am today.
My name is Jessica Jacobsen. I’m 36 years old, and I’m from Haughton Louisiana. I work at Mount Grace for Women. I’ve been a staff member here since September 2012. I graduated from Mount Grace on September 15th 2012. I came to Mount Grace addicted, hopeless, broken, and searching for more. Within a month of being here, I had a supernatural encounter with Jesus Christ that radically transformed me from the inside out. God has called me to teach, and I am currently the Dean of Students here. He has recently given me a desire to counsel as well, and I’m currently pursuing that. Without the ELP program, I wouldn’t have had a model to go by. This program, along with the example my leaders set, is teaching me how to be an effective leader.
Testimony: As a kid I was forced to go to church but as I got older I chose the things of this world instead of doing what I knew was right. After losing my dad in a tragic hunting accident what I once did for fun became a way to escape reality. I was a full blown crack and opiate addict by age 25. I had a college degree but my life was such a mess I couldn’t keep a job. I knew there was more to life and God was the only one that could help me.
Teen Challenge Center: Fort Myers Women
The Purpose and Calling God has Given Me: I was called into Missions where my purpose is to reach out and help the lost and hopeless.
ELP’s Impact on my Leadership: I learned to be a servant leader. I have also learned that being a leader at times means doing the jobs no one else wants to do and doing them with a smile on my face and joy in my heart. Everything I do, I do for the Glory of God and with Integrity.
Which Center/What Year did you Graduate: Davie, FL / 2011
My Testimony in Brief: Due to circumstances of rape and rejection, I started my teenage years searching for love in all the wrong places. I found a sense of belonging in living the fast life. Before I knew it, needles became the only thing I could trust to take the pain away. My life turned into a series of jail and rehab stays. Finally, after facing possible prison time, I was introduced to Teen Challenge. God cracked the walls around my heart and grabbed a hold of me with his unfailing love. I haven’t been the same way since.
The ELP’s Impact on My Leadership: ELP has helped me to structure my leadership skills to be effective working in the office and with people.
The Purpose and Calling God has Given Me: God has called me to be a beacon of light to those who call our center, and to be an asset to the administrative side of the ministry.